Definition of correctly in English:



  • 1In a way that is true, factual, or appropriate; accurately.

    ‘she correctly answered eight questions’
    • ‘A nurse teaches Charlie the correct spelling of "progress report," and he makes an effort to spell it correctly through the rest of his entry.’
    • ‘For an example of how to do this type of thing correctly, look at the original.’
    • ‘Then he must be certain they are positioned correctly on the field.’
    • ‘XML is a markup language and everything has to be marked up correctly.’
    • ‘The economy of a region was either prosperous or deficient depending on their being correctly orientated.’
    • ‘The word "American" isn't even spelled correctly.’
    • ‘Participants with inadequate health literacy were less likely to correctly answer every question, with significant differences noted for 5 of 10 items.’
    • ‘The icons for the two fielded Navy systems were correctly matched to descriptors approximately half the time.’
    • ‘He was then asked ten general knowledge questions and, in order to go through to the next stage, he had to correctly answer seven out of the ten questions.’
    • ‘The main issue confronting the Court was whether the Commission correctly dismissed the complaint.’
    • ‘I can never spell that word correctly.’
    • ‘However, the figures do have to be interpreted correctly.’
    • ‘Most of them actually quoted me — correctly, too.’
    • ‘Thus, most of the respondents in the two samples answered correctly, but the Germans answered significantly more correctly.’
    • ‘She never stopped moving, which William correctly attributed to the need to keep her muscles warm.’
    • ‘In the end, I picked a respectable 7 out of 10 correctly.’
    • ‘Science questions often consist of interpreting a graph or a chart correctly rather than knowing anything about chemical properties or physical laws.’
    • ‘I believe the board is handling the matter correctly.’
    • ‘The Court of Appeals, however, decided the case correctly.’
    • ‘When I got through to the last round I had to answer five questions correctly to win the new car.’
    accurately, right, rightly, faithfully, unerringly, precisely, exactly, faultlessly, flawlessly, perfectly, without error, without flaws
    properly, decorously, with decorum, decently, suitably, fittingly, appropriately, aptly
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    1. 1.1In a way that is socially acceptable; properly.
      ‘she had acted correctly’
      • ‘When the spanking, brand-new Scottish Parliament building opened last week the occasion was correctly marked by quiet Scottish dignity.’
      • ‘You still have to implement and configure these correctly or they are just another bottleneck.’
      • ‘Well, you know, the fact is that Harriet Miers - Bay was reading the situation correctly, I think.’
      • ‘It just all didn't mesh together correctly.’
      • ‘If you are not running your wage tax administration correctly you run the risk of paying a heavy penalty.’
      • ‘Asker has correctly observed that students at Lingnan are generally mystified by the demand that they complete some liberal arts courses.’
      • ‘I believe that says dude if I'm seeing that correctly.’
      • ‘As the season progresses, ask swimmers in your novice group to demonstrate skills they are doing correctly.’
      • ‘He is not correctly portraying the situation.’
      • ‘Also a lot of these tests take lots and lots of practice to be interpreted correctly.’
      • ‘Yes, you did read that correctly.’
      • ‘I hesitated a moment - reassured myself I'd understood correctly - and dived in.’
      • ‘In carrying out its management audits, the Cour also verifies that public funds have been correctly applied.’
      • ‘The Association of Muslim Scholars, for it did not present the case correctly.’
      • ‘Maybe nothing is wrong if the application behaves correctly and allows the user to be productive.’
      • ‘But however, if one change so much, if you design the question correctly, you still can get the reaction.’
      • ‘It can be an asset not a hindrance if treated correctly.’
      • ‘An editorial in the issue of 12 April, 1924, correctly summed up the position.’
      • ‘she asked, wanting to make sure she had understood his implication correctly.’
      • ‘The main weapon in their arsenal is insecticide - lethal to insects but safe for humans, when used correctly.’
      properly, decorously, with decorum, decently, suitably, fittingly, appropriately, aptly
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